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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
September 1, 2014
AGT Services, Inc
Diamond Technical Services
Energes Oilfield Solutions, ND
Frontier Drilling
GPM, Inc
Integrated Global Services
Iron Horse Hydrovac Co, LLC
ITC Electrical Technologies
Mountain Air Mechanical
New Salem Almont Public School
Nomad Pipeline Services, LLC
Northern Valley Electrical Service
Paragon Technology
Red River Electric, Inc.
S & S Roustabout Inc.
TMI Corporation & Subsidiaries
Vanguard Fire & Security, Inc
Ystaas Electrical Service
 
Renewing Members as of 
September 1, 2014
Abrasives Inc.
Benson County
Bobcat
Branick Industries, Inc.
Capital RV
Charles Hall Youth Services
Cloverdale Foods
Community Action
CP Environmental, Inc.
CS DuBois Construction Inc.
Cummins Npower
Dakota Communications, Inc.
Dakota Supply Group
Dell-Comm, Inc.
Denbury Onshore LLC
Divide County School District #1
DTZ
Edmore Public School
Eid-Co Buildings, Inc.
Envision Safety Services LLC
Flint Energy Services
FMC Technologies Completion Services
Grotberg Electric, Inc.
Hiland Partners LP
Interstate Engineering Inc.
Irby Construction Co dba Okay Construction
James River Correctional Center
Jost Masonry Construction
Kaelberer Construction
Krause Brothers Construction
KS Industries, LLC
Lorrich Industries, Inc.
Maintenance Plus, Inc.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Minnkota Power Cooperative
Minot Public Schools-Drivers Ed.
Modern Auto Body, Inc.
Nabors Completion & Production
Newman Signs, Inc.
Outdoor Services Inc.
PATH ND Inc.
Pioneer Penkota Wireline (Dickinson)
Pioneer Penkota Wireline (Williston)
Preble Medical Services, Inc.
Rugby Public School Dist #5
Sargent Central Public School District
Souris Basin Transportation
Steele Public School District
Structures, Inc.
Tri-City Cares, Inc.
Twin Buttes Public School
Verendrye Electric Cooperative
Wells Concrete
Xcel Energy
 


 


Flagger Training

OSHA Announces Top 10 Most-Cited
Violations for Fiscal Year 2014

September 19, 2014 - OSHA, together with Safety+Health magazine, on September 16 unveiled the agency's Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2014 during the NSC Congress and Expo. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Kyle W. Morrison, S+H's senior associate editor, announced OSHA's Top 10 list in front of a crowd gathered on the Expo Floor.

For the fourth year in a row, OSHA's Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is the agency's most frequently cited violation.

The entire list is as follows:

1.     Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)

2.     Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

3.     Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)

4.     Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

5.     Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

6.     Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

7.     Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

8.     Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)

9.     Machine Guarding (1910.212)

10.   Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

The data is preliminary. S+H will publish the finalized data, additional Top 10 details and an exclusive interview with Kapust in its December issue.

To learn about workplace safety training that can help you avoid these types of citations, contact one of our Safety Consultants, or visit our training calendar.


Farmers: Be Careful Using Equipment Near
Power Lines, Energy Council Warns

September 19, 2014 - With National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 20-27) approaching, the Energy Education Council's Safe Electricity program is reminding farmers and other agriculture workers to practice safety when working near overhead power lines.

Equipment should be checked daily to ensure it will steer clear of power lines, according to the initiative.

If a power line is touched, stay on the farm equipment, the council advises, and call the local utility provider. If the equipment is on fire, jump off it with feet together and avoid touching the ground and equipment at the same time. "Bunny hop" away by keeping feet together.

Safe Electricity offers additional guidance:

  • Use a spotter when operating large machinery near power lines.
  • Be careful when raising augers or the bed of grain trucks around power lines.
  • Keep equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.
  • Check the height of farm equipment for clearance.
  • Put extensions on the lowest setting when moving loads.
  • Never move a power line for clearance.
  • If a power line is low or sagging, notify the utility provider.

9 Tips for a Safe Hunting Season

A guest blog post by Peter Pomonis, NDSC Home & Community Coordinator
September 16, 2014 - Fall. The time of year that leaves change colors, jackets are dusted off, football is on TV, and HUNTING SEASON begins. Hunting is a large part of the culture in North Dakota, and I was fortunate enough to learn at a very young age how to do it, both respectfully and safely. I owe that to my dad who took the time to go through the hunter’s safety course with me, as well as took me into the field to practice what I had learned. Hunting is most often a fun and enjoyable experience, however, when the proper procedures are not followed, the consequences can be devastating.

Click here to read the full article on our Area Voices Blog - Safety is Personal.


NDSC Hires New Marketing Assistant
 
September 11, 2014 - The North Dakota Safety Council has hired Nichole Fischer as their new Marketing Assistant. She is a native of Braddock, ND and moved to Bismarck in 2004 to pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree in Commercial Art at Bismarck State College.
 
Fischer joins the NDSC with 9 years’ experience in graphic design. She will be assisting with multiple aspects of marketing, including design, website maintenance and event planning. Nichole can be reached at NicholeF@ndsc.org.
 

New Tools Added to NDSC Members-Only Website

September 4, 2014 – New downloads are now available in the NDSC Members-Only area! Log in now to check out the newest series of downloadable safety posters, including: Avoid Ergonomic Injuries; Fire Safety Tips; First Aid Tips and more!

Plus, a new tool recently release by the National Safety Council is available to help you make the case for your safety program. The new fact sheet, The Business Case for Injury & Illness Prevention Programs, lists some of the direct and indirect costs that injuries and illnesses can have on a business, as well as the benefits of having a structured safety program.

NDSC Members – click here to log in now!

Not an NDSC Member? Go to www.ndsc.org/membership to learn more, or contact Kristin Wilson at (701) 223-6372 or KristinW@ndsc.org.


NDSC Urges Students, Drivers to
Be Safe this Back-To-School Season

September 2, 2014 - According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for children ages 5 to 19. And with the new school year upon us, it is important for everyone to exercise caution this time of year.

“There is going to be a lot of extra traffic during before and after school hours,” says Peter Pomonis, NDSC Home and Community Coordinator. “If you’re driving during those times, it’s important to be on the lookout for pedestrians.”

The North Dakota Safety Council offers these simple tips to both drivers and pedestrians this back-to-school season:
  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing a street.
  • Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers, or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly. SLOW DOWN.
  • NEVER pass a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading students. It is required by law for both sides of the street to stop when the bus’ red lights are flashing and/or stop sign is deployed.

"We hope parents will share these tips with their children, whether they're walking or driving to school. It could mean the difference between life and death."

*Statistics and tips gathered from www.safekids.org and www.nsc.org


NDSC Expands Presence,
Hires Safety Consultant in Dickinson

Bill Ballton
August 27, 2014 -
The North Dakota Safety Council has hired Bill Ballton as their new Western North Dakota Safety Consultant. He is stationed in Dickinson and will be responsible for business development and workplace safety training across the Bakken.
 
Ballton joins the NDSC with more than 25 years of experience in safety and health, and 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His diverse background in fire, safety and emergency management will benefit the organization as they pursue their mission of improving workplace safety in North Dakota.
 
Ballton will teach numerous safety courses for the NDSC, including advanced occupational safety courses, PEC Core Compliance and PEC Basic Instructor courses, First Aid/CPR, Defensive Driving, and supervisory training.
 
Ballton can be reached at (701) 220-4012 or
WilliamB@ndsc.org.


New Kit Available to Employers to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

July 25, 2014 – A new guide and toolkit from the National Safety Council can help employers learn the facts about how employee use of prescription painkillers increases safety and health risks at work, and seriously impacts employee recovery and the bottom line in workers’ compensation.

Sign up to access this comprehensive Employer Kit to help educate managers and employees about the risks related to prescription drug use at work. This kit is available at no cost to you. It contains the following materials to help you communicate and develop policies around use of prescription painkillers:

  • Fact segments and handouts
  • 5-Minute Safety Talks
  • Poster Series
  • Infographics
  • And more!

Click here to learn more and download the toolkit.


NDSC Conference Certificates Available

Certificates of Attendance are available for the NDSC's 2014 Safety & Health Conference. To acquire a copy of your certificate, please contact Serena Schmit at SerenaS@ndsc.org or Kayla Schramm at KaylaS@ndsc.org.
 


News You Can Use

 

Short walks reverse ill effects of sitting: study
September 19, 2014 - Taking three slow five-minute walks can cancel out ill effects to the arteries caused by three hours of sitting, according to a study from Indiana University, Bloomington.

DOT unveils initiative to improve pedestrian, bicyclist safety
September 19, 2014 - The Department of Transportation has launched an 18-month campaign aimed at improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

NTSB to host forum on drowsy driving
S
eptember 19, 2014 - An upcoming one-day public forum hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board will focus on potential risk factors for fatigue-related traffic crashes among non-commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Farmers: Be careful using equipment near power lines, energy council warns
September 19, 2014 - With National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 20-27) approaching, the Energy Education Council's Safe Electricity program is reminding farmers and other agriculture workers to practice safety when working near overhead power lines.

OSHA awards nearly $11 million in training grants
September 19, 2014 - OSHA has awarded $10.7 million in grants to 78 nonprofit organizations to help fund safety education and training for workers and employers.

Michaels to employers: Design out hazards, stop blaming workers
September 19, 2014 - In a rebuke to behavior-based safety theories, OSHA administrator David Michaels said occupational injuries are not the result of workers' personal choices, and that blaming workers for their own injuries must stop.

NSC launches 'Journey to Safety Excellence' initiative
September 19, 2014 - San Diego – Seize the day. That was the message from National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman, who welcomed thousands of safety professionals to the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo during the Opening Session on Sept. 15.

OSHA announces Top 10 most-cited violations for FY 2014
September 19, 2014 - OSHA, together with Safety+Health magazine, on Sept. 16 unveiled the agency's Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2014 during the NSC Congress and Expo.

To read the full stories, visit the NDSC's News Page.


The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.